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Mikayla Pevac

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Even though Avery Hitchcock will graduate from DU this month, he is already thinking about the ways that he can give back to his community.

"To me, giving back means using the privileges that life has afforded you to make a difference in someone else's life who needs help or support," said Hitchcock, who is grateful to his scholarship donors for making it possible for him to pursue a DU education.

"I would not have been able to enjoy my college years the way I have and experience the opportunities that DU has presented me without these scholarships. I am so proud to be a Pioneer," he added.

With three degrees in political science, psychology, and criminology, Hitchcock will put his degrees to work as he heads to law school in Los Angeles.

"I plan to go into criminal law, and I want to be a prosecutor—specifically I want to work on incorporating The Innocence Project and other nonprofits that work towards reforming the criminal justice system with District Attorney's offices to help decrease the effects of bias and the chances of wrongful convictions," he said.

No matter where life takes Hitchcock, he will forever be a member of the DU community.

"To me, being a Pioneer means being a member of a community that cares deeply for one another and helping our peers become better students, citizens, and people," he said. "It means cultivating a group of young servant leaders who are dedicated to changing our communities and making our world a better place."